The blues are common property. The most recent form, the most vital in contemporary American terms, grew from the suffering of the southern Negro in slavery times, his frustrations in the bitter post Civil War period, the movement first to the big cities, then north. The blues have several easily recognizable forms, 12 bar, 8 bar, etc., but now as the wealth of recorded country blues and songs from the southern prisons are becoming more widely known, the emphasis is shifting from the scholarly insistence on form to what might be called a "blues approach." Dave Van Ronk Sings many songs on this record besides songs in the accepted blues form, but with one or two exceptions the blues approach is there. - Eric von Schmidt.